SLIDESHOW: Uig Gala

Reef Beach was brimming with fun-in-the-sun seekers as hundreds made their way to the Uig Gala on Saturday, July 5th.

There was a huge variety of games to play and things to do for adults and children alike at the Gala - the 20th since it first began.

Visitors on the day were met by the two friendly faces on ‘entrance patrol’, John Glenesk and Fin Morrison.

John said: “So far I’d say it’s probably been the best ever. We’ve had people pouring in since about 12 o’clock, which is early, and they haven’t stopped.

“The weather has been great - unlike town - people don’t believe us when we say it’s been like this all day.

“We say this every year but I would say that this one has been the best one ever.”

Fin said: “It’s been going on for 20 years and it’s never missed a day yet. I’ve been at every one of them and I’ve been at the gate for most years.

“It’s a great day out and everyone enjoys themselves. A lot of people come here on holiday just for the gala.”

The whole day is run to raise funds for various community campaigns and projects.

Money was raised on the gate, at stalls and with a raffle, drawn on the day with prizes including a Seatrek trip to St Kilda, a Helicopter ride and a Wifi Tablet.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguards were on hand, including a rescue helicopter to take a peek at.

There were numerous bouncy castles, sumo-wrestling suits, a coconut shy and beat-the-keeper open throughout the day to keep the kids entertained.

A John MacIver & Sons JCB was parked on the beach attracting kids with a constructive side to have a go at the controls.

Helicopter trips were whirling around and a queue spanned the beach for boat-rides around the bay.

A Thomas the Tank train-ride the youngsters for a spin and a collection of gorgeous classic cars drew in the older generations.

Also on hand was Pol’s Pantry from Callanish, who gave the chance to hold their birds of prey, including a Barn Owl and a Harris Hawk.

The hill climb got people running before the spectacle of the sheep race.

There was live music and a huge selection of different foods available and those who had a more relaxed day in mind found their way down to the beautiful sandy beach.